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Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal

Quartier des Spectacles
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Address: 185 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3X5, Canada
Phone Number: 15148476226
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the...

A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is located in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles and at the site of Place des Arts. It lies in the centre of a unique cultural complex in Canada, combining both the performing and visual arts. Founded in 1964, the MAC is the first institution in Canada devoted exclusively to contemporary art. The Museum offers a varied program, including the presentation of its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of works by artists from Québec, Canada, and abroad.

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It IS Modern Art...

A very nice layout greets you at this Modern Art museum, to the right and up the steps are the galleries, to the left are the classrooms where they offer a wide variety of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very nice layout greets you at this Modern Art museum, to the right and up the steps are the galleries, to the left are the classrooms where they offer a wide variety of hands-on classes (in French). Though I do not speak French, I did thoroughly enjoy a class there. Art being subjective I got the gist pretty quickly... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The gallery is only one floor. Tickets are about $20/person. I was unimpressed. Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts is four entire buildings, and is free to everyone under the age of 30. The MMFA's collection of contemporary art is much more diverse and extensive. Do not waste your valuable time or money unless you are planning to see a specific... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had initially planned on spending no more than 30min inside this museum, however it art demanded something else. We ended up spending 1.5 hours in side and could have easily stayed longer. We were so I intrigued by the pieces of art that wei wanted to read about the inspiration behind them thus send a large... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Do you enjoy thinking about things in different ways? Do you like Art? If so, I think this is worth checking out. It's relatively small and focuses on local work but it does present a snapshot of avant garde work in Montreal over the past 50 years. If you don't like Modern Art you will hate this place. If you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

I visited with my family during F1 weekend. The museum was installing new exhibits so tickets were half price. The artists featured were Edmund Alleyn, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, and Ryoji Ikeda. Seeing how Alleyn's art changed over time was crazy. I mean, I know saying it's modern is redundant but to create those pieces back in the 50s and 60s is... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

We went on Wednesday after 5pm when its half price (3.50 dollars each) but it wasn't all open.. and what was there was mostly all 1 artist which we weren't keen on. Looked forward to the Gautier bit but it was just 1 collaboration installation which wasn't what I'd expect and not my cuppa tea. Highly recommend the Musee des... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We visited the painter Edmund Alleyn's exhibition that was very good, we where surprised. A unique artist. Also we experienced Jean-Pierre Gauthier and Ryoji Ikeda 's Orchestré: breathtaking installations. Great!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

It's small enough to be seen in one day but very interesting. The collection is well-curated and the special exhibitions are quite good. We went to see the Ragnar Kjartansson exhibition. I'd seen The Visitors before but the other two presentations were new to me. The National video was just amazing. Still not sure what to think about World Light.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Modern building with large exhibition spaces but some of the oddest exhibitions I have ever seen. I found the exhibitions to be lacking merit and it was a very unsatisfying experience, although memorable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Like many of the other reviewers when I first visited this museum back in November I was expecting much, much more given the size of the building and my experiences visiting other contemporary art museums around the world. However, I was quite impressed with the exhibition of the works of Patrick Bernatchez. And so on my latest visit to Montreal... More 

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Quartier des Spectacles
The bar-none entertainment district for music and arts, Quartier des Spectacles is an interactive playground that delights the senses. It totals over 30 performance halls, with the vibrant Place des Festivals at its heart. The outdoor event space features glowing towers, glass edifices, and granite-lined bike paths, and hosts annual festivals, concerts, and comedy nights. The cinema, theaters, and exhibition centers are entwined with external art projects, exemplified at Montreal's Contemporary Art Museum and appearing along every walkway of the Promenade des Artistes in the form of sculpture and public works, from digitally-enhanced swingsets to glowing fountains. Design, performance, and alternative music come together here, a stone's throw from the lively Latin Quarter along Rue Saint-Denis, the quintessential after-party spot for dinner and a drink following a day of jazz, poetry and play.